Rep. Cook Praises President Trump’s Announcement Recognizing Israel’s Sovereignty Over Golan Heights Territory
WASHINGTON – Today, President Trump announced that the United States will formally recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.
During the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel gained control of Golan Heights from Syria and the U.S. has recognized it as Syrian Territory since the 1970’s. For decades, Israel has pressed for international recognition of its control of the Golan. President Trump’s announcement comes ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Washington next week.
Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) praised the President’s announcement with the following statement:
“This is not only a critical diplomatic announcement, but it’s also a simple recognition of the facts on the ground. For over half a century, the Golan Heights have been under Israeli control. The Heights are a key to Israel’s national security and the region’s stability; before they were captured from Syria, Israelis faced artillery and rocket attacks from Syrian forces on the Golan. Furthermore, over the past decade, the state of Syria has ceased to exist in any meaningful sense as the central government has collapsed. Terrorists and criminal gangs such as Hezbollah, ISIS, al Qaeda, and Hafez Assad have murdered hundreds of thousands while fighting over the remnants of Syria. I commend President Trump for taking this decisive action and recognizing once and for all that the Golan Heights are an integral part of Israel.”
A member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.